2012 Model Knowledge Domain -Natural Science
Notes: Courses marked with an asterisk are accepted as part of the official transfer module;
courses listed in red are cross-listed with the Social and Personal Awareness domain.
Students must take at least two natural science courses, one of which must include a lab.
Courses designed for students not majoring in the sciences, engineering, or health sciences:
*ASTR 1504: Descriptive Astronomy
Scientific method, introduction to modern understanding of the universe, astronomy and society, humanity’s place in the universe, astronomical observing methods, the solar system, stars and star systems, galaxies, cosmology, and recent astronomical discoveries. 3 SH
ASTR 1504L: Astronomy Laboratory
Telescope and Planetarium laboratory work designed to supplement ASTR 1504. Measurement techniques and deductive methods to determine distance and size of astronomical objects. Three hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent : ASTR 1504. 1SH
*BIOL 1505: Biology and the Modern World
Biology applied to critical issues of today’s society. Focus will be placed on relevance of the scientific method to modern biological issues. Primarily for the natural science requirement. Not applicable to the biology major. 3 SH
Biol 1505L: Biology and the Modern World Lab
Student investigations in biological phenomena using a variety of laboratory approaches focused on a single theme or concept using the scientific method. Satisfies the Natural Science Laboratory Requirement. Not applicable to the Biology major. 1SH
*CHEM 1500 Title: Chemistry in Modern Living
A one-semester introduction to basic chemical concepts, the scientific method, and the impact of chemistry on human life and society. Examples may include water treatment, air quality, plastics, drugs, cosmetics, energy resources, food, and the other chemical basis of life. 3 SH
CHEM 1500L: Chemistry in Modern Living Lab
Introduction to basic laboratory techniques designed to supplement CHEM 1500. Three hours per week. Concurrent with CHEM 1500. 1SH
ENST 1500 Title: Introduction to Environmental Science
Basic environmental science literacy for informed citizens as inhabitants and stewards of the earth. The use of science and the scientific method to understand, assess, and manage the enviroment to improve human health, conserve energy and resources, preserve nature, and sustain our quality of life. 3 SH
ENST 1500L: Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
The use of the scientific method to explore various fields in environmental science including water quality, risk assessment, biodiversity and mineral uses. This field and laboratory work supplements ENST 1500. Prereq. or concurrent: ENST 1500. 1SH
*GEOG 1503: Physical Geography
An introductory analysis of selected elements of man’s natural habitat and their distributions. The course examines topography, soil, vegetative cover and hydrographic components of their natural landscape. 3 SH
*GEOG 2630: Weather
An examination of basic weather elements, their relationships and the natural laws that govern them. Focus is on both global scale atmospheric processes and localized factors that influence weather conditions and patterns. 3 SH
GEOG 2630L: Weather Lab
Optional Lab to accompany GEOG 2630
GEOL 1500/1500L: Environmental Geology
An introductory course that examines interactions between human society and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caused) impacts on nature, geology, and society. Three hours of lecture, two hours of lab per week. 4 s.h.
*GEOL 1504: The Dynamic Earth
A study of the various physical and chemical processes acting on and within the earth and their products. 3 SH
*GEOL 1505: Physical Geology
A study of the various physical and chemical processes acting on and within the earth, and their products. The laboratory component will include identification of minerals and rocks, and the interpretation of topographic and geologic maps. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. 4 SH
*GEOL 2602: Introduction to Oceanography
Survey in geological, physical, chemical, and biological oceanography; description and distribution of properties and their relationship to circulation, shorelines, ocean features, sediments, organisms, and environments. 3 SH
*PHYS 1500: Conceptual Physics
A conceptual treatment of selected theories and laws of classical and modern physics and their application to the understanding of natural phenomena. The evolution of these laws from hypotheses to functional relationships is examined in an historical context. Not applicable to the major in Physics or to the combined major in Physics and Astronomy. Three hours of lecture per week. 3 SH
PHYS 1500L: Conceptual Physics Lab
Experimental work designed to supplement PHYS 1500. Three hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent: PHYS 1500. 1 S.H.
PHYS 2608: Sound
The physical principles accounting for the production, propagation, and perception of sound waves. The relevance of these principles to phenomena ranging from hearing to the operation of various musical instruments. Introduction to auditorium acoustics. Not applicable to the major in Physics or to the combined major in Physics and Astronomy. 3 SH
Courses designed for science, engineering, and health science majors:
*BIOL 1545: Allied Health Anatomy/Physiology
This course explores the structure and function of the human body and its organ systems. Diseases and their relationship to various physiological systems will be discussed. The study of human biology in this way adds to the student’s deeper understanding of everyday life and the human condition. Prereq: high school chemistry and biology, or equivalent. Not applicable to Biological Sciences major. 5 SH
*BIOL 1551: Anatomy & Physiology I
This course will cover the structure, function and clinical applications of the integument, musculature, skeletal system, and nervous system. This course is targeted for students in nursing and associated health professions. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Prereq.: High school biology and chemistry. 4 SH
*BIOL 1552: Anatomy & Physiology II
This course will cover the structure, function and clinical applications of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, digestive and reproductive systems. This course is targeted for students in nursing and associated health professions. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Prereq.: BIOL 1551. 4 SH
*BIOL 2601: General Biology: Molecules and Cells
A lecture course with laboratory for students majoring in Biology or related disciplines. Topics will include the chemical and physical foundations of life, structure and function of cells and organelles, metabolism, basic molecular biology and inheritance, and principles of evolution. High school chemistry or equivalent recommended. Required of all Biological Sciences’ majors. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory a week. 5 SH
*BIOL 2602: General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
A lecture course with laboratory for students majoring in Biology or related disciplines. Topics will include ecological concepts as they relate to plant and animal diversity, structure and function of plants and animals, basic ecological concepts of populations, communities, and habitats. Required of all Biological Sciences’ majors. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory a week. Prereq.: BIOL 2601. 5 SH
*CHEM 1505/1506: Allied Health Chemistry I, II
Fundamentals of inorganic, organic, and biological chemistry including application to the human organism. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory-discussion. Concurrent for 1505: CHEM 1505R unless exempted by placement examination. Concurrent for 1506: CHEM 1506R unless a grade of C or better was earned in CHEM 1505. The corresponding recitation course is required concurrently for students repeating CHEM 1505 or 1506. 3 SH + 3 SH
*CHEM 1515/1516: General Chemistry I, II
The fundamental principles and the more important elements and compounds; qualitative analysis. Intended for majors in the natural sciences and engineering. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory-discussion. Prereq.: three units of high school algebra and geometry (or MATH 1503 and MATH 1511 or their equivalents), and one unit of high school chemistry. Concurrent for 1515: CHEM 1515R unless exempted by placement examination. Concurrent for 1516: CHEM 1516R unless a grade of C or better was earned in CHEM 1515. The corresponding recitation course is required concurrently for students repeating CHEM 1515 or 1516. 4 SH + 4 SH
*GEOL 2611: Geology for Engineers
Study of geologic principles, processes, and materials, focus on recognition of geologic factors as they apply to engineering operations and projects. Laboratory work includes examination of minerals, rocks, maps, and case histories. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory a week. 3 SH
*PHYS 1501 + 1501L / 1502 + 1502L: Fundamentals of Physics I, II
FP I – Topics covered include kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, rotational kinematics, torque, angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, and mechanical waves. Not recommended for Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics majors or Engineering students.
Prereq.: Math 1507 or equivalent high school algebra and trigonometry. 4 SH + 1 SH Lab. FP II – A study of electricity, magnetism and light. Topics covered include electric charge forces and fields, electric potential, capacitance and resistance in direct current circuits, basic circuit analysis, magnetic forces and fields, induced emf, inductance, reflections, refraction, geometric optics as applied to lenses and mirrors, interference, and diffraction. Prereq.: PHYS 1501 or equivalent. 3 SH + 1 SH Lab.
*PHYS 2601, 2610L / 2602, 2611L: General Physics for Applied Medical Studies I, II
GPAMS I – Description and analysis of motion including kinematics and dynamics of translation and rotation; analysis of equilibrium, energy and momentum of objects; gravity; mechanical oscillations and waves. This course is designed primarily for students enrolled in the NEOUCOM-YSU program or in pre-medical curricula.
Prereq.: MATH 1507 or equivalent high school trigonometry. Prereq. Or concurrent: MATH 1550, 1585H, or 1572. 4 SH + 1 SH Lab. GPAMS II - Description and analysis of electrical and magnetic effects, geometric and physical optics and the wave nature of light; introduction to atomic physics, quantum mechanics, nuclear structure and radiation. Prereq.: PHYS 2601. 4 SH + 1 SH Lab.
PHYS 2607: Physical Science for Early & Middle Childhood Education
A conceptual development of selected topics in physical science appropriate to the early and middle childhood curriculum. Emphasis on diverse hands-on classroom activities, and multiple approaches to communicating basic concepts in physical science. Representative topics include simple machines, light and sound, batteries and bulbs, and physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
Prerequisite: Math 1505 or at least level 3 on the Mathematics Placement Test, and admission to COE upper-division status.
*PHYS 2610+2610L / 2611 + 2611L: General Physics I, II
GP I - A course in mechanics; the kinematics and dynamics of masses in translation and rotation; Newton’s Laws; gravity; the conservation laws of energy and momentum, simple harmonic motion and introduction to wave motion and sound.
Prereq.: High school physics or PHYS 1501; MATH 1571. 4SH + 1 SH Lab. GP II – A study of electric and magnetic fields and their effects; introduction to electric, circuits, introduction to geometrical and physical optics. Prereq.: PHYS 2610; MATH 1572. 4 SH + 1 SH Lab.